In 2022, Philips is full of novelties in the field of audio. The brand will bring its Fidelio range into the living room with three new multiroom speakers, but also launch new headphones and speakers for athletes.
Philips has ambitions for the coming year and intends to continue to progress. Behind the televisions and audio products of the Philips brand, TP Vision announces that it has experienced a fifth consecutive year of growth (+17%). Pumped up, the Dutch manufacturer explains in particular that its Fidelio range “has had great success” and announce new products. After a stint in nomadic audio, its high-end series wants to make a big place for itself in the living room with the announcement of three new products.
Compatible with the DTS Play-Fi multiroom system, they will join the brand’s catalog between June and September. As a reminder, this technology allows wireless broadcasting of high quality sound between different devices (televisions, mobile devices, speakers, sound bars).
The Fidelio range wants to invite itself into the living room
The Fidelio FB1 soundbar is part of this approach and boasts a design with clean lines. Despite a relative discretion, it incorporates 15 speakers for a power of 310 W (RMS). The front channels (left, center, right) are divided into independent units and each of the voices has a pair of midrange speakers and a tweeter. Two speakers are positioned on the sides of the soundbar to ensure surround sound. Finally, there are two speakers for the Dolby Atmos elevation effects located on each side of the two bass speakers.
Philips thus proposes a 7.1.2 system and is content, for the time being, to evoke “immersive audio performance”. Few details have leaked out about the features of the soundbar, the manufacturer preferring to insist on the care taken with the finishes (leather covering, metal grille) and the desire to offer a coherent whole with the brand’s televisions. We also know that it will be able to interact with the Philips Fidelio FW1 subwoofer and the Philips Fidelio FS1 satellite speaker.
A subwoofer and a small speaker
In addition to its soundbar, Philips presents an active and wireless subwoofer called Fidelio FW1. The format is rather flat with finishes comparable to that of the FB1. There’s an 8-inch down-firing woofer paired with two side-mounted passive radiators. A “back-to-back” configuration powered by a 200 W (RMS) amplifier.
Last new, the Fidelio FS1 is described as a compact three-way wireless speaker. Its configuration includes a front tweeter, a midrange driver and a final one dedicated to bass reproduction. Philips wanted to boost bass performance by adding two passive radiators. The loudspeaker claims a power of 60 W (RMS) and can be used alone, in stereo mode or in a home cinema configuration with the other elements of the Fidelio range. It targets medium and large-sized rooms.
Few surprises on the design side with the same approach as the other Fidelio speakers. Note, however, the presence of LEDs that can be synchronized with the Ambilight technology of Philips televisions. Philips announces that the Fidelio FB1 and the Fidelio FW1 will be available in June 2022. Count 800 euros for the soundbar or the subwoofer. The Fidelio FS1 speaker will arrive later, in September 2022, at a price of 300 euros per unit.
True wireless speakers and headphones: Philips targets athletes
In addition to the show, Philips continues to be interested in sport and is preparing several novelties. The firm will launch the true wireless headphones A7507 integrating an active noise reduction system (ANC Pro). An option that is still uncommon on sports headphones (for security reasons) that the brand is promoting. It evokes a very good reduction of wind noise.
IPX5 certified to resist splashing water, these intras claim a “hybrid” design with the presence of graphene speakers and bone conduction technology. The A7507s are compatible with LDAC and AAC codecs while the built-in bone conduction microphones promise good call quality.
An autonomy of 8 hours on a single charge is announced, with the possibility of performing a fast charge via USB-C. It is possible to recover 1 hour of listening after 15 minutes of charging. Finally, the transport case ensures up to 21 hours of additional listening.
In addition to headphones, Philips has formalized the portable speakers S4807 and S7807. New representatives of the Sport range, they are IP67 certified and want to be “perfectly waterproof” thanks to their double shock rubber coating. To facilitate transport, Philips equips its speakers with a detachable wrist strap.
Both models are based on the same base, highlighting the presence of a multipoint Bluetooth 5.2 connection, a hands-free kit function or the possibility of associating them with a second speaker for stereo sound.
A size difference
The S4807 speaker is the most compact (70 x 70 x 169 mm) and incorporates a midrange/bass driver as well as two passive radiators. It is announced with a power of 10 W and a battery life of up to 12 hours.
A little larger (104 x 104 x 280 mm), the S7807 speaker has two 20 mm tweeters and two 70 mm speakers for the midrange and bass. Philips adds a passive radiator and announces an output power of 40 W, with a battery life of 24 hours. Small advantage, it can act as an external battery (5000 mAh) to recharge another device.
For the time being, Philips has not communicated the prices and launch dates of these three audio products for athletes.